Bruce Lee Kuchta
June 30, 1944 – November 26, 2019
Bruce Lee Kuchta,75, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 after a long illness.
He was born June 30, 1944 in West Allis Wisconsin, the son of Ingeborg Kuchta. Upon graduating from Central High School in West Allis in 1962, he enlisted in the US Navy and received his submarine training in Groton. While there he met and married the former Elizabeth Hall of Niantic on September 11, 1965.
While in the Navy, Bruce was stationed aboard the USS Sailfish SS-572, and was a plankowner and served on the USS Von Steuben SSBN-632.
Bruce retired in 2001 from the Clinton Board of Education where he had been the head custodian for the Abraham Pierson School.
For many years Bruce worked on and owned cars that raced on many of the New England short tracks. As a NASCAR fan he attended all of the inaugural races across the country and amassed a large collection of racing memorabilia.
As a lover of woodworking, his home and yard were full of many of his projects. Bruce usually could be found working in the yard on his gardens or around his two fish ponds. He would also spend hours helping his wife with their large collection of historical data, books, pictures and postcards of East Lyme.
Bruce is survived by his wife Elizabeth, his son Michael and wife Sandra Kuchta of Preston and his grandson Kyle and wife Carly Trask-Kuchta of Niantic.
Calling hours will be Sunday December 8th from 2-4 pm at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic. Per his wishes, services will be private and burial will be in the family plot at the Old Stone Church Burial Ground.
Donations may be made to the East Lyme Historical Society PO Box 112, East Lyme CT 06333 or Old Stone Church Burial Ground c/o Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic CT 06357
- Calling Hours Sunday, December 8, 2019
Bruce Lee Kuchta
December 4, 2019
Dear Liz and Mike, God what wonderful Memories we all shared for many years when our Yards connected on Dodge Pond! Mrs. Hall taught us so much about Gardening, and we so loved her! Mike, you were just a young Boy when we first met you, ... you were a great 'kid'! And Bruce! What a 'card' he was! So MANY, MANY happy, and hysterical times we spent together!! I recall during that Hurricane we had there that Bruce kept walking around outside and was on his way to out door, again, and as we were watching he was slammed directly in one of his eyeballs with a big ol' Apple. Mark went out, took him by the arm and said "get inside here now, you fool! We loved every moment of living there next door to you all! If I weren't now living in MS I would be right over to be with you Liz, to talk in person about Bruce, and all of the years we shared. When you would like to smile, just think of Bruce up in Heaven with Mark, ... that should bring on the smiles, perhaps even a bit of laughter, ... sure does me! I am so loving you and hugging you in my heart! Always, Cathi (McDowell)